Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 11

Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 11

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justice and have it served to them and a more efficient manner I think you’ve got I’m speaking I call Jenny Anderson thank you very much for the opportunity to speak on the court matters and tribunal powers and procedural legislation bill it’s really good to see that these two bills being put together as they are largely relating to the same areas in terms of trying to make our court system a modern and effective courts and tribunals system and these two key areas that these bills are addressing firstly it’s the time it takes to proceed through any tribunal or court process that there are still very long waiting times for people experiencing there so trying to ensure that that the system is running as fluidly as possible is good to see that these bills are endeavouring to do that secondly addresses security within courts in and tribunals has been a a number of cases over recent years of either judges or jury or other members with whom court having their security threatened so helping people feel safer with in the courts in tribunal system is important so overall what these bills are endeavouring to do is not only improve the fluidity of our court system but also to improve people’s experiences of the court system itself the submissions we received from the and the Justice Committee we received 16 submissions on the courts bill and 34 on the tribunal powers and they were from a range of different areas including the judiciary from private people from interest groups and professional organizations I’d like to briefly before winding up to say thank you to two officials who undertook a huge amount of work in these two bills if you pick one of the bills up from the table you’ll see that there is a substantive amount of work and while they don’t look overly exciting it’s a large job indeed to make sure all the parts are aligned and that they are working effectively with each other as they work well together so the last point that I’ll touch on is the key change which has been brought about to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that’s already briefly been mentioned and there’s been a significant backlog that has developed over the years in fact a hundred and thirty-five active cases as of June were in front of the human rights review tribunal previously the last government appointed a second chairperson for a period of 12 months to help with that backlog but that was uncertain of course as we all know justice delayed as in fact justice denied so this bill very takes the good action of appointing the ability of having two more deputy chair who have the same an equal power as the chairperson who can conduct hearings simultaneously in order to work through that large backlog that is accrued over the years so that’s great to see and I am really happy to see all of the work all of the submissions come together and to bring this bill these two bills to a second reading point and I would like to commend both these bills to the house manager thanks very much what’s with the groans that’s me

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